“You don’t become a praying parent by default. You do it by design, by desire, by discipline. Spiritual disciplines take sheer determination, but if you determine to circle your children in prayer, you will shape their destinies…” Mark Batterson
Before my babies were born, I knew I had to develop a prayer plan to help shape their futures. Parenting is a big job and we can’t do it alone – we need God’s help. It can be physically and mentally exhausting some days, but God is bigger than our mistakes, and can guide us with His wisdom if we ask.
I sought out books for help, and recently came across Praying Circles Around Your Children by Mark Batterson. Based off his best-selling book The Circle Maker, it’s fairly short but full of truths, and has plenty of powerful tools for parents to use.
Mark also offers some great ideas for sharing your prayers with your children!
Batterson teaches about how to create prayer lists unique to your family, claim God-inspired promises for your children, turn your family circle into a prayer circle, and discover your child’s life themes. And he not only tells you how, he illustrates why.
As Batterson says, “I realize that not everyone inherited a prayer legacy like I did, but you can leave a legacy for generations to come. Your prayers have the power to shape the destiny of your children and your children’s children. It’s time to start circling.”
Another great book I highly recommend for moms! Be sure to check it out.